Is Animal Cruelty the New Slavery?

September 14, 2017 by Laura Gomez

It’s no small secret that we humans (apologies if you’re a dolphin reading this) kill a lot of animals. Mostly for food, sometimes for sport. But Richard Dawkins posits here that we are doing this—at least on an evolutionary level—for largely unnecessary reasons. He brings an interesting argument to the table: animals might feel more pain than we do. This might make you think twice before chowing down on your next Chick-Fil-A but it might also make you think twice about swatting that spider… or even disciplining your pup. Animals, Dawkins suggest, might feel things several times worse than we ever can, simply because their biological makeup is less advanced than ours. Richard Dawkins’ latest book is Science In The Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist.


Richard Dawkins
Evolutionary Biologist and Science Educator

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